27 May 2020

Asian Inspired Singapore Curry (Aldi) By @SpectreUK

It's pizza night tonight, but not for me. Cinabar and her mom have taken to having a pizza on one night of the week. I had been doing a yoga class at the gym on Tuesday nights and was having an earlier dinner, but now I'm doing the yoga moves I learnt in the kitchen instead. However they are still having their pizza and I'm just having something quick at the same time. I haven't particularly liked pizza for many years. I used to eat the Carne Amanti at Pizza Hut, which was my favourite Pizza ever, but they foolishly took it off the menu, and all other pizzas have been a disappointment ever since!

Anyway, I have no idea what Singapore Curry tastes like, as I've not had a Ready Meal that flavour before or seen one in the stores before they all went safety first. I don't know if this Asian Inspired Singapore Curry is going to be authentic, but I'm hoping it will be quick to make and healthy. It certainly sounds healthy with pieces of carrot, spring onion, egg noodles, and plenty of medium hot peppers. It sounds pretty quick to make too, by just removing the lid and adding freshly boiled water and then leaving to stand for 4 minutes.

I peeled back the lid to take a look in the pot before I got started. There were some stringy noodles at the bottom of the pot and plenty of seasoning with diced carrots and spring onions intermingled. I boiled the kettle, put a couple of pieces of bread in the toaster and cut up a tomato. I also had some leftover ham and some coleslaw on the side. On adding the freshly boiled water to the pot the aroma of cumin and ginger curry spices tickled my nose and enticed me to try it.

After cooling I peeled back the lid again and noticed that there was a multitude of finally diced coriander amongst the almost clear sauce. On taste this Asian Inspired Singapore Curry was flavoursome enough with its mix of curry spices. It was tasty, but it didn't stand out as something that I would rush out and buy again. There was a mild chilli heat, but nothing to make me sweat, and I have no idea how I didn't get any of the million pieces of coriander stuck in my teeth.

The half pot full itself also didn't feel very substantial. It didn't fill much of a gap in my recently downsized stomach. Low in calories it was a healthy snack, but a snack nonetheless and was gone in a few mouthfuls. Perhaps that's a good thing because it was quite moreish, but I've had plenty of other noodle cups that filled more of the gap in my tummy before this one.

Information on the pot;
The 78g pot contains 297 calories, with 1.8g of fat, 4.1g of sugar, and 2g of salt. Please see photograph for the ingredients.

26 May 2020

Metcalfe’s Popcorn – Jumbles Toffee Apple Edition (Sainsburys) By @Cinabar

After the rather lovely Metcalfe’s Popcorn – Jumbles Eton Mess popcorn that I tried last week I was excited to see the Toffee Apple edition delivered in this weeks online grocery shop. I have struggled to get popcorn in my shop, I think many people are staying in and watching films, but I have been successful getting Metcalfe’s. Popcorn should survey the current situation.
This new version is Metcalfe’s Popcorn – JumblesToffee Apple and has popcorn with toffee (the classic combination) but also slices of dried apple and apple flavouring. The apple may not look that attractive in the photograph but it still maintained its flavour and was juicy and sweet with a good light texture. The popcorn has plenty of sweet rich toffee flavour and a nice apple taste too. This was far too easy to eat, but fairly low in calories so I didn’t have too much guilt.
I liked the mix of textures as it made the popcorn interesting to eat. It is fruity and fresh and not too bad in calories. I think popcorn is becoming my go to snack.

25 May 2020

Sizzling Spiced Chicken Kebab Crisps (Co-Op) By @Cinabar

Meaty crisps are usually my favourite, and as a subset I tend toward chicken flavours. I also like something new so I was rather pleased to spot these Sizzling Spiced Chicken Kebab Crisps in my local Co-Op. It is nice that there are still new flavours coming out in a pandemic, I assume they went into production before all of this happened but either way they are welcome by me. Also the lovely Co-Op give NHS workers (like myself and NLi10) 10% discount - which is rather lovely. The lady behind the counter thanked me for working in the NHS and I sheepishly explained I was just admin.
Anyway back to the crisps I opened the bag and was thoroughly impressed with the aroma, there was lovely warming spices and I could immediately pick up on nutmeg. We shared this crisps with sandwiches at lunch time.
I was very pleased with the flavour too, it really did taste like a chicken kebab. The seasoning is sharwarma which means they have coriander, nutmeg and a hint of chilli. The crisps aren’t hot by any means, just nicely warm. The seasoning is well balanced, there is so much going on that they are an absolute pleasure to eat, and they have the wonderful underlying meatiness too. Chicken, spices, nice quality crunchy crisps, these will be a repeat purchase that is for sure.

24 May 2020

Papa John's All Day Breakfast Pizza (@NLi10)

In lockdown it's important to treat yourself to a few nice things - like delivery pizza!

And Papa John's made it very easy by sending us an e-mail advertising regular & Vegan versions of the All Day Breakfast Pizza - for a limited time!

Of course the limit is mostly to do with when they run out of Heinz Beans...

And I replaced the mushrooms with tomatoes as I would with the real deal.

Looks breakfasty!

The beans are the thing that makes this the oddest - well that and the potatoes.  It's a little bit stodgy and really filling.  I had to leave 3 slices for the next day on a large where as I'd usually finish one.

The seal of quality is there, and all the individual ingredients were good quality, but I'm not sure I'd rush back to this one.  Enjoyable - but not a classic style.

23 May 2020

Aunt Bessie’s Jam Roly Poly - Jam & Custard Pale Ale (Northern Monk) By @SpectreUK

On Wednesday I tried and was somewhat surprised to enjoy Aunt Bessie's Sunday Dinner, Roast Dinner Brown Ale. I shouldn't say "surprised", but the brown ale was brewed with Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire Puddings and her Roast Potatoes after all. Having said that I have eaten plenty of both in previous Sunday Dinner's in the past, I just hadn't had them brewed in a brown ale before.

Presumably this Aunt Bessie's Jam Roly Poly, Jam & Custard Pale Ale, produced by the same Northern Monk Brew Company, is for a liquid pudding after you've drunk the Roast Dinner Brown Ale. I only have one beer after a weights session due to still counting calories and trying to stay slim, so I'm having this Jam & Custard Pale Ale today instead.

I can't recall ever eating a Jam Roly Poly before. I'm sure I have when I was very young, however I do like jam tarts with custard and also jam sponge with custard. I haven't had either of those for a long while either though. This Jam Roly Poly, Jam & Custard Pale Ale, was made with malted barley, wheat, oats, maltodextrin, lactose, plum, apricot, strawberries, custard, hops and yeast. At 5.7% volume this should be quite a strong and possibly odd tasting pale ale. Apparently Jam Roly Poly was always on the school dinner menu, but I always had a packed lunch. I'm suspecting that kids can't take one of these cans as a liquid lunch instead for when it's safe enough for them to go back to school though!

On opening the can I was at first taken aback by the sharp herbal hop aroma, and then came the jam. I could predominantly smell strawberries and apricots, some plum and then a little creamy custard right at the end. This jam and custard smell made me think of a good pudding that I'm sure I'd enjoy - I'm not sure about it in a beer though! There was also some sweetness from the pale malt and a little wheat at the back of the aroma. This jumble of smells made me wonder what this beer could possibly taste like, almost not enough to actually taste it though!

Okay, so I bit the bullet and took a swig. It was actually bizarrely good. Believe me when I say that I really didn't want to like this beer. I'd certainly avoided it for long enough. Quite frankly it sounds like a ridiculous idea thought up by someone who has too much time on their hands, with hops and malted barley to waste. And yet… this beer does tasty really good. It's probably the least likely and yet most flavoursome pudding beer I've ever drunk. Here's the thing; I'm so used to pudding beers having chocolate malt in them that I'm blinkered to trying something new.

This Jam & Custard Pale Ale has a kick from the bitter herbal hops to start with that's pounced on by the sweet and fruity jam, which is then lovingly creamily comforted by the custard, and with a sweet malty goodness into the aftertaste. This Aunt Bessie's Jam Roly Poly, Jam & Custard Pale Ale, is revolutionary, it's ingenious, it's been made by super brewers from the land of dreams and make-believe. They possibly need less time on their hands to come up with something else bizarre. Although they need to make some more of these Jam & Custard Pale Ales first though. I certainly need to drink some more. More liquid puddings from now on please!

22 May 2020

Goodfella’s Cheeseburger Pizza (Asda) By @Cinabar

We always have a pizza in the freezer, it is my guilty pleasure. Obviously I always try to find something new and different to try and I can be quite high brow (I totally recommended Sainsbury’s Stone-baked pizza with Chicken and Pesto) but I also have taste buds for things which just sound down right bad for me. How could I possible resist this Goodfella’s Cheeseburger Pizza, yes a pizza designed to taste like a burger. Wonder why they didn’t call it Pizzurger or… Burgizza, no, wait, I’ll move on….
The Goodfella’s Cheeseburger Pizza is topped with tomato, beef burger bits, onions and that wonderful orange cheese fl you normally get in squares on burgers. Oh my it smelt good. The onions make this pizza for me, they taste like an onion relish and add so much flavour. The tomato weirdly tasted like tinned tomatoes and this works too, they are another of my guilty pleasures though ideally on a sausage sandwich. The meat from the burger bits is nice and beefy and with the ‘authentic’ cheese I smiled as I ate every mouthful. I might go back to highbrow next week, but there is certainly place for this pizza in my life.

21 May 2020

A Nice Cup Of Afternoon PG Tips Tea #TeaAt3 #SolidariTea (@NLi10)

We live in confusing times.  Ordinarily promoted posts on Twitter are things that you don't want to buy, or new stuff to waste time on.

Yesterday i got one that's very very on brand for me.  See below.

So - the purpose of the advert - drinks tea at 3!  So - dutifully while working from home - I grabbed the big box of PG tips and made my partner and I a tea!

Unfortunately the shortbread tin is currently empty - well there is a war on!

I've always been a PG Tips guy (since the tea cards for unnexplained mysteries) and it's nice to see them encouraging something as simple as a nice cup of tea and a sit down.

Other teas are available for 3pm tea breaks too (we have a lot of different ones)!

20 May 2020

Aunt Bessie’s Sunday Dinner - Roast Dinner Brown Ale (Northern Monk) By @SpectreUK

Aunt Bessie’s Sunday Dinner - Roast Dinner Brown Ale (Northern Monk Brew Company)

I must admit to avoiding this Roast Dinner Brown Ale from the Northern Monk Brew Company. It has been produced in collaboration with Aunt Bessie's, using her Yorkshire Puddings and Roast Potatoes. Having said that I do like both Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire Puddings and her Roast Potatoes, as well as I have a keen love for brown ale, just not the concept of all three in the same glass. I thought I had better have this Roast Dinner Brown Ale first though, as I have Aunt Bessie's Jam Roly-Poly with Custard beer for afters to write about later in the week. I wish I was joking!

At 5.7% volume this Roast Dinner Brown Ale was made with malted barley, oats, Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire Puddings and her Roast Potatoes, as well as salt, maltodextrin, hops and yeast. It promises to be an experience to say the least. I have no idea what the Jam Roly-Poly and Custard beer is going to taste like, but last time I had a cider with rhubarb and custard it wasn't good!

On opening the can of this Roast Dinner Brown Ale there was a hearty fizz and a good brown ale aroma. I could smell the malted barley and the lightly floral hops, and I could just about smell the Yorkshire Puddings and a little Roasted Potatoes on pouring this deep brown ale. To be honest, I'm not sure if I was imagining the last bit, but I was already fancying a Sunday Roast Dinner on cracking open the can - it's just a shame it's Wednesday and I have a noodle cup and toast for dinner later!

On taste this Roast Dinner Brown Ale is like nothing I have tasted before. It's a brown ale with bells on. The sheer depth of flavour is like diving into the depths of a vat of brown ale and wallowing somewhere at the bottom with every mouthful. First to hit my tastebuds was the sweet brown malt. This malty flavour was lip-smackingly fulsome and tasty. The sweet malts were followed pretty closely behind by the bitter lightly floral hops like a tap to the punch bag of my tonsils. It was then that something odd happened… The depth of flavours just kept on giving. Usually my tastebuds go off into the aftertaste of a beer and that is that until the next mouthful. Here the flavour of sweet brown malt and possibly caramel malt, as well as those floral hops, and there was just that something else akin and certainly complementary on top of those sumptuous malty hoppy flavours. Roast Dinner Brown Ale didn't quite taste of Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire Puddings and Roast Potatoes, but this beer made me feel as if I was enjoying a good heart Sunday Roast dinner none-the-less!

Aunt Bessie’s Sunday Dinner - Roast Dinner Brown Ale (Northern Monk Brew Company)

19 May 2020

Toucan Bars (Morrisons) By @Cinabar

So here we have a first world problem, I couldn’t get my Penguin bars in Morrisons. I know right, it is pretty hard hitting stuff. I was also feeling pressured not to browse in the biscuit section for too long, such is the joy of living during a pandemic so I grabbed these Toucan Bars popped them in the trolley and moved on as quickly as I could. At least it means I get to try something different, and see what the competition for the brand leader is like.

The bars are a decent size and consist of two biscuits with a fondant filling and a milk chocolate coating, similar to the ones I was going buy in the first place. I find it difficult not to do comparisons here, but I was very happy with these. The texture felt slightly lighter and crisp. The chocolate was sweet and pleasant, and there was a decent amount. I liked the flavour too, the milk chocolate was soothing. They hit the spot though with a nice cup of coffee. I probably wouldn’t have picked them up if I hadn’t been in a rush but now I think they will be a repeat purchase.

18 May 2020

Sweet Potato Chilli and Lime Crisps (Lidl) By @Cinabar

I prefer sweet potato to fries to regular chips, there I said it. Apparently some people choose sweet potato fries as they are healthier than regular chips, they also count as one of your five a day another reason people choose them, me I simply prefer the taste. Give me a bowl of sweet potato fries, a sprinkle of salt and some mayo as a dip and I’m in heaven. Yes mayo, as I said this is not a health thing.
I was intrigued to see how they would pan out as crisps, and picked up these Sweet Potato Chilli and Lime Crisps from Lidl. We had some one lunch time. The crisps are a darker colour and are in smaller pieces than regular crisps. I tried one and found them to be a little soft, but mostly the flavour was disappointing. The lime wasn’t strong enough to cut through the sweetness. The chilli wasn’t noticeable at all, no warmth from it whatsoever which really missed the point.
The over all crisps came across as sweet, and I love that in chip form but here it didn’t work. I think regular potato crisps have nothing to worry about, these Sweet Potato Chilli and Lime Crisps were not a contender.

17 May 2020

Mr. Fitzpatrick’s Raspberry & Lavender Cordial (@NLi10)

Well, it’s officially happened - I’ve run out of new things to review. Fortunately I often buy things and get into the habit of using them and then realise I never talked to you guys about them.

Case in point is the other flavour of the Mr Fitzpatrick cordial - raspberry and lavender.

We picked this up ages ago, but I saved it for the warmer weather. I was feeling a bit ill the other day (not the popular virus) so we cracked it open for some much needed tasty hydration. And boy is it potent stuff.

Unlike the budget brands this isn’t all sweetness, this is all fruitiness. The lavender hints at its presence but the raspberries burst into life as soon as it hits your taste buds.  Juice and flavouring and a hint of sweetener is perfect for big summer drinks.

Usually I have it a bit darker than this too, but restraint is required to stretch the bottle out.

Note - that is not our ginger cat begging to be fed!

Overall - if I had to be stuck drinking fruity (cocktails) in my own garden then Mr. Fitzpatrick’s is the cordial I want them made with.

16 May 2020

Bridgnorth Porter (Co-op) By @SpectreUK

I picked this Bridgnorth Porter not only because I fancy a pudding beer after my rather tasty lamb steak dinner earlier, but also because Cinabar and I had a day out in Bridgnorth in early February before this terrible virus took hold in this country and we had to lockdown. We had a good day out, where I enjoyed my favourite Full English Breakfast at a garden centre on the way there and then we wondered around the shops, what was left of the castle and went down and back up the cliff railway. It was a chilly day and we stood by the river for a while watching it flow by. It is a good recent memory of our last day out together. I'm certainly hoping that it will be safe enough for us, and also everyone else out there, to have days out like that in the not too distant future.

This Bridgnorth Porter was produced by the Hop & Stagger Brewery, in Shropshire. At 5% volume this dark porter boasts chocolate malt, dark fruity hops and a hint of sweet caramel, presumably from caramel malt. Bridgnorth Porter won the silver medal at the International Brewing Awards in 2019. It states on the bottle that its best served at room temperature. I know that there is some contention in various countries about the temperature of our beer, but just think; cold foods and drinks are less flavoursome than when they are hot or at least warm. So if you want a more flavoursome beer, don't keep it half frozen in the fridge, and I personally never… EVER add ice to liquor!

On opening this Bridgnorth Porter I was immediately struck by the deep strong smell of chocolate malt and the rich fruitiness from the hops. Gosh, I am going to enjoy this porter, I can feel it in my aching bones. They're aching because I'm still doing huge amounts of exercise to rehabilitate my knee and shoulder and also keep my weight down, but only in the kitchen. I used my free weights earlier and do around two hours of mat exercises each morning. I find I burn enough calories to keep my muscles and also not put on any access fat whilst eating a balanced diet. I usually have tuna after weights for its high protein content, but my toasted bacon sandwich with two fried eggs, as well as pork scratchings and crisps on the side on a Friday is quite a treat!

On taste this Bridgnorth Porter oozes dark chocolate malt to start with, and then the sumptuous fruitiness from the hops wrapped lovingly around my tastebuds. There is an underlying sweetness from the caramel malts, which enhances the fruity flavour of the hops. This sweetness from the malts and that deep fruitiness is then followed by a roasted coffee flavour which mixes with the hoppy fruitiness and the velvety chocolate malt into the aftertaste. Well, I was looking for a pudding beer tonight following my glorious lamb steak meal and also to celebrate a good day out from a while ago, and this Bridgnorth Porter certainly hit the right spot.

15 May 2020

Metcalfe’s Popcorn – Jumbles Eton Mess Edition (Sainsburys) By @Cinabar

Metcalfe’s Popcorn – Jumbles Eton Mess Edition

One of my work colleagues said he had been desperately trying to get popcorn on his online order, which I know is a first world problem. He reckons everyone is at home so watching TV / films and they want popcorn to go with it. I haven’t been too bad, I keep trying to buy Cinema Sweet and they keep replacing it with Toffee, which sounds okay but in this household means Spectre nicks it and I never see it again. This has happened 3 weeks running! So the last week I called their bluff and ordered this Metcalfe’s Popcorn: Jumbles Eton Mess to literally mix things up. It worked, I finally got some popcorn for myself!
The bag is surprising low in calories, so I didn’t feel to guilty having a large portion while watching Picard. The popcorn is strawberry flavoured, and comes with mini meringue and freeze dried strawberries in the bag. I started out by tasting he popcorn and really liked the dusted strawberry flavour, they were sweet but not overly so. The meringue pieces were lovely, sweet and crunchy and the strawberries had a decent flavour and that crispness that comes with freeze drying. To me the bag has the flavours of summer, and it was perfect to munch on and a fairly low calories snack. I liked them so much in fact I ordered another bag, and their other Toffee Apple variety too. I just need to remember to hide it from Spectre as it mentions the word toffee… wish me luck.

Metcalfe’s Popcorn – Jumbles Eton Mess Edition

14 May 2020

Tesco Chilli & Lime Nibble Mix (@NLi10)

It seems to be pub snacks week on FoodStuffFinds. For me - I’ve not really been out this week, and I have a pub party on Zoom in 30 mins so I’m getting in the mood.

We’ve had these for ages, probably a year or more, just sitting in the kitchen waiting patiently.

They are peanuts and cashews, but also soy and chilli and lime coating - not ideal for board games which involve touching the pieces. This is why they got neglected. Perfect for a nice beer though.

Here Luna majestically presides over the snacks, having already decided that they are not for cats. 

The cashews have absorbed the flavour a lot, very soft and lovely. The peanuts are un exciting. The soy is maybe a little dry, but if you go for the ones with more topping on the outside are actually the highlight.

Great for the cinema (or movies at home) as well as beer nights.  I will have to top up before the call!

13 May 2020

Brave Roasted Peas Paprika & Chilli (Amazon) By @SpectreUK

Although I am a food and beer blogger I am still a creature of habit in what I like to eat for lunch and dinner. We have settled into having cheese and cracker meals on Sunday evenings, with various pickles and cold meats. Besides I like a glass of port or mead wine to wash it down with. Much to my chagrin I can't eat peanuts anymore due to dietary requirements, so I generally have some sort of spicy peas with my meal. I usually have crisps with my lunch in the afternoon and try not to have crisps twice in one day.

Before the lockdown Cinabar picked me up several packets of spicy chilli peas and also wasabi peas from the Sushi bar she sometimes goes to in Birmingham. Of course that Sushi bar is closed presently and I've run out of packets of spicy peas to go with my Sunday cheese dinner. The supermarkets don't seem to supply many spicy peas, so we thought we'd try Amazon…

… by "We", I mean Cinabar. She found a box of twelve packets of these Brave Roasted Peas Paprika & Chilli. There are a bunch of other flavours, but this one seemed to suite my spicy peas requirement the most, besides when buying in bulk you really have to want what you're buying or at least have a good idea of it, otherwise you end up with a whole bunch of stuff you get pretty sick of. I've recently bought twelve of my favourite gourmet spicy cup noodles from Amazon, and also two boxes of one hundred teabags of my favourite Jasmine tea.

Anyway, on opening the first packet of these Brave Roasted Peas Paprika & Chilli and pouring it out on my plate, there was a multitude of orange paprika coated small yellow peas. From these roasted peas there was a spicy smell of paprika and chilli with a hint of garlic. On taste these crunchy little peas tasted pretty spicy. They were not spicy enough to make my nose run, as the paprika, onions and garlic from the seasoning gave these Brave Roasted Peas a certain sweetness. This mild sweetness mixed well and somewhat cooled the medium chilli heat from the cayenne pepper in the coating. These Brave Roasted Peas Paprika & Chilli are very tasty indeed and I'm glad I have quite a few bags of them. Be mindful if you want a kiss after eating them though, as the garlic is stronger than you first think!

Information on the packet;
The 35g packet contains 133 calories, 3.9g of fat, 0.9g of sugar, 0.5g of salt and 7g of protein. Ingredients included; yellow split peas (84%), rapeseed oil, paprika, sea salt, onion, garlic, tomato, cayenne pepper, black pepper, basil, and oregano, acid: citric acid.

12 May 2020

Aromatic Maple Glazed Duck Flavour Crisps (Sainsburys) By @Cinabar

Aromatic Maple Glazed Duck Flavour Crisps

As we were having lunch today I looked out of the window and spotted some ducks on our neighbours lawn which is a little bit weird for around here. We aren’t too far away from the canal, but I think they must have been lost en-route to somewhere, we don’t normally see ducks near a road. One of the nieghbours cat gave them a second glance but decided they looked a bit big for him and left them to it. My guilt was a little increased as we were about to share a bag of these Aromatic Maple Glazed Duck Flavour Crisps at the time, but hopefully they didn’t know. They soon flew off to somewhere wetter presumably, coincidentally when we opened the bag.
The crisps smelt nice, they had a good rich sweet aroma. The crisps are quite big too, with lots of seasoning and a sharp snap to the crisps. These are Sainsburys posh variety. The flavour was impressively meaty like duck, it was a good recreation of the taste. The maple syrup was a nice touch of sweet, but I am a fan of sweet and savoury, so liked it mixed with the duck taste. I would gladly get this flavour again, and I’ll try not to offend any of the local wildlife next time too! :-D

Aromatic Maple Glazed Duck Flavour Crisps

11 May 2020

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate (Whittard) By @Cinabar

When I did an online order at Whittard this was my extra purchase, Cinnamon Hot Chocolate. I know that cinnamon is seen as a winter spice but I really don’t care, I love the stuff and this hot chocolate was irresistible to me. When it arrived I found it was in an unusual tin, smaller than the ones I normally get. To be fair though the drink is made with one less teaspoon of powder per mug than their usual tin so I think the number of servings from this tin will be the same.

It is very fancy packaging and I have to admit it confused me at first. The tin had a strange opening and I had to use the tip of a spoon to wedge it open, I'm not very refined. I was then met with a metal seal, which I tapped at with a spoon, this did break eventually but it was firm and for a minute I thought I was doing it wrong.

The hot chocolate was a little more difficult to mix up than there usual tubs, it required a little more stirring into hot milk but I did get it to a smooth finish. The drink is called Cinnamon Hot Chocolate but the smaller print shows it has a hint of cardamon too, another nice warming spice. The flavour was subtler than I thought it would be, there is plenty of rich chocolate, and the cinnamon and cardamon add a gentle warmth. I liked the drink very much, I would have preferred more cinnamon but it is my favourite spice. I’m also happy to drink it all year round.

10 May 2020

Sweet Potato Waffles from Birdseye (@NLi10)

This is one of those things where I assumed I'd reviewed these when we first bought them.  They aren't very exciting, but they are very nice - so here goes.

Sweet potato waffles are basically potato waffles but made with sweet potatoes.  Thank you for reading - bye!

No?  Ok.  But look at the box - they are only 45% sweet potato - and they have normal potato too!  Good job that's pretty good for you too.  If you don't believe me then check this out - potato is not the enemy! The next ingredient of sunflower oil kinda is though - and then refined grains - and salt! Ok - maybe these aren't perfect.

For VE day I made a vague flag shape with the food.  Much better than going outside and seeing how many viruses you can get.

And falafel are great too - and make things like this!

Rocket makes all beige food look healthy.  Health halo FTW.

This was for my partner - I added some eggs.

Looks more of a mess, but tasted awesome.

The sweet potato waffles are just as good as the potato waffles - maybe needed a little longer (or a half-way flip) to crisp up - but we keep buying these as they are great.

And kids love orange food!

9 May 2020

Camden Off Menu IPA (Sainsburys) By @SpectreUK

Camden Off Menu IPA

I thought I'd pick this Off Menu IPA today as we still can't go to restaurants and pubs and possibly won't be able to for sometime, however, if you can't go to the restaurant, then bring the restaurant to yourself. We have meatballs IKEA style tonight after they released their recipe the other day. I figured this Off Menu, from the Camden Town Brewery, would go well with them. The can rather helpfully tells me everything about this India Pale Ale.

The malts used in the brewing are Pilsner, Extra Pale, Wheat, Aromatic and Cara, whereas the yeast is Californian Ale Yeast. Floral and citrus hops, such as CTZ, which is Columbus, Tomahawk and Zeus hops, as well as Simcoe, and also with Simcoe and Simcoe CRYO for dry hops. The Northern Brewer tells me that CRYO hops are put "through a cryogenic process: at an extremely low temperature, whole-leaf hops are separated into concentrated lupulin and bract to preserve the essential oils and resins." So now we both know.

Apparently this Off Menu beer is suitable for both Vegetarians and Vegans, which I've never seen on a can or bottle before. At 5.8% volume this Off Menu IPA could probably blow just about anybody off the menu, especially if you have quite a few cans. With the amount of meatballs being piled on my plate, as well as chips and IKEA style sauce, and also the amount of biscuits I have for afters, I'll just stick to the one beer tonight anyway. I know I've done my weights and cardio today in my new gym, which is the kitchen, but I don't want to pile on the pounds.

On opening the can there was a very pleasing fizz and no embarrassing fountain-like explosions. This is a very crisp smelling IPA. The misty golden colour of Off Menu and its frothy head made me want to drink it even more. It was oozing promise of flavour in its aromas of sweet pale malts and its mixture of floral and citrus hops. I'm not sure if I have tasted Californian Ale Yeast before, but I'm not sure I could pick it out from the jumble of sweet malts and biting floral and citrus hops anyway. The cacophony of ingredients first waved a sweet carrot and then produced a fresh crisp knife to my tastebuds. Gosh this is a flavoursome beer. The sweet malts washed around my mouth, and then those biting hops cut into the flavour all the way through to the aftertaste like a super over excitable waker-upper. This IPA was perfect with my meatballs and would go well with any other meaty dishes. Off Menu can definitely be on my menu from now on!

8 May 2020

Dairlylea Lunchables - Street Food - Houmous Sauce (Asda) By @Cinabar

Dairlylea Lunchables - Street Food - Houmous Sauce

We were having an at home picnic for our tea and this meant I got to open up this Dairlylea Lunchables - Street Food with Houmous Sauce. Home picnics are fine, and a safe way to enjoy the lockdown. I have had a few of these cheese snacks and always liked them so was looking forward to this new trendy sounding version.

Dairlylea Lunchables - Street Food - Houmous Sauce

I peeled back the lid and was immediately a bit disappointed, I’m not sure why but somehow the two plastic sachets and the bread just didn’t look as exciting as usual. The bread was also a bit floppy and moist, damp almost. So I opened up the houmous tearing at the plastic and squeezed some on the bread. Next came the cheese, apparently you can tear it into pieces, I think you will note the photo shows minimum effort from me on that part.
Admittedly the flavours together weren’t too bad, the bread was a little soft, the cheese was soft and the sauce was also soft so it was lacking a bit of interesting texture. It was okay, but not sure I’d buy it again.

Dairlylea Lunchables - Street Food - Houmous Sauce